Aileen Cassinetto is the Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California, the first Asian American and foreign-born poet appointed to the post. Widely anthologized, she is also the author of the poetry collections, Traje de Boda and The Pink House of Purple Yam Preserves & Other Poems, as well as three chapbooks through Moria Books’ acclaimed Locofo series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Asahi Shimbun, The Banyan Review, Cultural Weekly, Fellowship Magazine, Guest, Marsh Hawk Press Review, Moonstone Press AnthologyMoss Trill, The Nonconformist MagazinePoetry, San Francisco Chronicle, Vox Populi, and Wall + Response Clarion Alley Mural Project, among others. Aileen is the curator of “Power to the Poets,” a reading series on poetry, solidarity and social justice, and the Peninsula Bookfest in collaboration with local libraries. She has been interviewed in NBC Asian America, PenTV, The Six Fifty, Your Artsy Girl, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Cagibi, The Nonconformist Magazine, and Half Moon Bay Review. She is one of the subjects in The TRANSCENDIENTS exhibitions, at the Japanese American National Museum. As Poet Laureate, she has worked with local institutions, such as the San Mateo County Arts Commission, the Commission on the Status of Women, the LGBTQ Commission, member libraries of the Peninsula Library System, the San Mateo County Harbor District, Skyline College, the College of San Mateo, the San Mateo Union High School District, the Jefferson High School Union District, and nonprofits, such as the Housing Leadership Council, Peninsula Family Service, and Filoli, to amplify the role of poetry in public discourse. She has also collaborated with the Oakland Public Library on projects involving the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, and Urban Word NYC, on projects involving the National Youth Poet Laureate. She facilitates youth poetry workshops, advocates the creation of youth poet laureate programs in the county, co-organizes youth poetry competitions, and offers free one-on-one mentoring sessions for San Mateo County students. Aileen is on the Board of Directors of the Daly City Public Library Associates, is a producer at The Midpen Media Center, and is the publisher of the San Francisco Bay Area-based independent literary press, Paloma Press.

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